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Vehicle drives you to the alpine. Good forestry road with some washboard, rocks and pot holes. Allow 1.5 hours from highway to trailhead. Nice coffee shop/store in Manama to refresh. Although a relatively flat side hill traverse, weather can be an issue with heat in the summer and cold/wind in the late fall. Views are spectacular. No water. Several side peaks to scramble up for the overly energetic.

An awesome trail! The larches are in full swing! There is definitely snow on the last third of the trail, but it's still okay for hiking, even without spikes or poles.

7 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and it was gorgeous! Very easy and the views were beautiful. We ended up hiking basically halfway before we lost the trail and just doubled back...we looked all around but weren’t sure which direction to go since we had no service and couldn’t pull up the pic of the trail from the app...next time we will plan better!

this hike is just a steady uphill climb. it has awesome views you make it will worth it!

Remember you're at a high altitude! This hike is all up the 1st half-you'll be breathing heavy if you're not used to altitude. Great views from the summit.

A quick walk. Mostly uphill to the falls. On the return we had some awesome and scary views of the smoke plumes from the nearby Diamond Creek fire.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail, camps spread out before you start the steeper grade at 7 mi.. Buck creek pass is a further 3 miles with some 2000 feet additional elevation gain. From the trailhead to the pass it's 10 miles and around 3300 feet in elevation gain. From the pass the views are spectacular. Definitely will be going back. On top I saw 2 camps but if you don't hike with extra water you would want to re-supply water at buck creek a half a mile back toward the trailhead. I could easily spend a full day up at buck creek pass doing side trails and climbing. The weather on top was deteriorating pretty fast and the camps are fairly exposed so while I was there so I hiked the mile and a half further to Small Creek and camped there.

If you have several days to play with take a good look at the map. There is a lot of good hiking around in the area. Ran into 2 guys who had gone from the phelps trailhead which makes a loop. This trail also hooks into section k of the pct.

On a side note next time I will be staying the night at one of the camps before the grade and hiking up to the pass the next day to give myself a full day up top.

mountain biking
1 month ago

As good as it gets! Great hike up to bucks pass

Nice, shaded trail and surprisingly vacant for a Saturday in August. A few moments of good open views and charming accessible waterfall. Feels like a "real" trail, (not a graded road or boardwalk), but still easily attainable by even this out-of-practice hiker.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

my friends and i were aiming to go to the maple loop pass. got to the top of this trail to realize we were on the wrong one! but no regrets because the view is absolutely gorgeous. we were able to go up a steady pace and views while walking plus wildflowers made it a really nice experience.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail. It's a little dusty right now- we could use a little rain.

hiking
2 months ago

trail is 8.8 round trip, 4,100 up, up, up. steep, but you can hear the roar of the creek most of the way
the gorgeous falls come out of the lake.

mountain biking
2 months ago